- Aly & Fila
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Aly & Fila
As hot as the Sahara and standing every bit as tall as pyramids, theyâre the single most successful group to have emerged from the spiritual lands of Egypt. From the Med to the Red and from up high in Cairo, to down deep in the Sinai, theyâve built an immense, ultra-loyal in-country following, From that foothold turntable Shamans, Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib went global. With their career-launching Egyptrance releases (inc. âEye of Horusâ and âSpirit of Kaâ) through to latter-day master-blasters like âWe Control The Sunlightâ, their production credentials are only now matched by their spinning ones. Ranked as one of the 20 biggest DJ acts in EDM (source: DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs 2012), they delight crowds now numbered annually in the millions, bringing their inimitable sound to the worldâs most prestigious clubs and festivals. No mirage, no illusion – this is Aly & Fila.
For close to a decade their spirited take on the trance sound has captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of planet trance. With their whip-smart productions and sandstorm sonics, their performances have raised the bar at some of the worldâs most recognized clubs. Comparably theyâve also ruled at EDMâs biggest festivals â EDC – Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Global Gathering, Dance Valley, Stereosonic, WMC and Full On Ferry to name just a few. Continuing in a long tradition of playing the worldâs most established and respected stages, in Spring 2013 they will rock ASOT600. Marking the 7th successive year theyâd done so, the Egyptian duo are the only spinners aside from Armin Van Buuren and Markus Schulz to have played such a run. This combined force of production and turntable feats has resulted in string of high charting positions in several of EDMsâ key polls. Included amongst them are six consecutive years in DJ Magâs annual countdown (reaching #19 in 2012) and a #4 notch on TranceAddictâs Top 250 in the same year.
Spreading the A&F message around the globe is their Future Sound of Egypt radio show. Beaming to countless thousands of desktops every week, August 2012 saw its 250th episode hit airwaves. This was marked by the FSOE250 event, which drew fans from all four corners to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheik to see them spin alongside DJs inc. Ferry Corsten, W&W, Shogun and Sean Tyas. With the 300th show primed for 2013, FSOE300 will expand into a multi-date, multi-country world tour experience.
The Future Sound of Egypt marque is further amplified by Aly & Filaâs widely respected imprint of the same name. A label sub-division of the industry leading Armada Music empire, through it they have rained continuous floor-fire, with one A-list championed release following another. With âWe Control the Sunlightâ, the pair scored the biggest trance track of the year when the listeners of Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show voted it Tune of 2011. Throughout 2012 they continued to bring some of the yearâs best music to club & festival sound-systems. Among them were collaborations with Roger Shah (on âPerfect Loveâ) and Solarstone with âFireislandâ. It also saw them re-team with âWe Controlâ singer Jawden on âComing Homeâ, for a track that DJ Mag cited as âmaking hairs stand up, goosebumps pop, hands shoot up and jaws meet floors!â They also reworked Gareth Emeryâs âConcrete Angelâ (which subsequently became the best-selling trance track of 2012), as well as other smash tracks from Andy Moor and Alex M.O.R.P.H.
Into the New Year and the cyphers for A&Fâs future are every bit as filled with promise. Continuing to hold floors spellbound, their latest collaboration âVapourizeâ (alongside John OâCallaghan) has already delivered another Beatport slam-dunk. The single is the pathfinder release for the pairâs hugely anticipated sophomore artist album âQuiet Stormâ. The follow-up to 2010âs âRising Sunâ debut, the long-playerâs mission kismet is to bring another gravity defying selection of anthems to the worldâs floors. âQuiet Stormâs surge is set for 2013.